So, I just want to go into HOW MUCH Columbia and the NYPD has failed, and revictimized, Emma Sulkowitz.
In her school hearing, Sulkowitz ” had to explain to the three administrators on the panel how anal rape worked. She told them she had been hit across the face, choked and pinned down, but, she said, one still seemed confused about how it was possible for someone to penetrate her there without lubricant. Sulkowicz said she had to draw them a diagram.”
"Her best friend was meant to be at the hearing; Sulkowicz had chosen her as her one “supporter.” But her friend was kicked out of that role for talking about the case, according to Sulkowicz, in violation of the university’s confidentiality policy. As punishment, her friend was also put on probation and made to write two reflection papers: one from the perspective of Sulkowicz and another from the accused."
FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF HER FRIEND’S RAPIST
- Two other women at Columbia have accused this guy of sexual assault/rape. But he’s been found not responsible in all instances, and is still on campus
- When she went to the police, one officer said: “”You invited him into your room. That’s not the legal definition of rape.”
- Another officer told her friends, who came with her: ““For every single rape I’ve had, I’ve had 20 that are total bull——,” he added. “It’s also my type of job to get to the truth. If that means being harsh about it, that’s what I do.”
All artists, (that means students and professionals, painters and cartoonists, sculptors and illustrators, animators and fine artists, EVERYONE who creates) this September 2nd* is World Art Drop Day. Wherever you find yourself that day, drop a piece of your art and tell someone where to find it. The world needs this right now. We need to feel a little more connection to each other and there’s nothing like the bond two random strangers can make through the act of creating and giving.
I recently just finished a cross-country art drop this summer and it was exhilarating. The emails and responses I received from the finders ran the gamut of funny to touching. I want that for everyone!
Here’s how it works:
Draw a picture and hide it somewhere.
Take a photo of either the art or the hiding spot or a combination of both.
Post the image, the city you dropped it in, and a hint on any social media of your choice. Be sure to included the hashtag: #artdropday
Then move on, hoping someone finds it. OR hang around and meet your new friend.
I need your help spreading the word on this. Reblog it, retweet it, facebook it, or even tell someone in person!
September 2nd, lets connect the whole planet with art!
What do you think about gays/feminines in the art industry? I mean, there's no doubt that in art school, there is a majority of women and more likelihood of gays. However, in the real world, it's harder to find female illustrators and artists and I rarely discover gay illustrators/artists.
Art does seem like it’d be the thing that is filled with massively diverse representation, right? After all, it seems only logical that the artwork itself would be all that matters and art could exist as a monolithic post-racial, feminist, equality-loving utopia devoid of the failings of the real world. But I also went to art school and based on the people around me at the time, it didn’t seem unreasonable to actually assume that being a straightwhiteman, I’d actually be part of a small demographic within this supposed utopian art industry. Over 4 years into the real world and living in an amazingly diverse city like New York, I can very safely say that my assumption was utter and complete bullshit. Illustration and fine art overflows with straightwhitemen and while there are certainly many exceptions to that, you have to be actively closing your eyes to not notice a gross imbalance. Not an imbalance of talent, creativity, or relevance, but of simple representation.
I mean, it’s a long shot, but it’s almost as if the art world isn’t a special snowflake utopia and actually has the same systemic and historical prejudices that presently still blatantly and subtly plague politics, film, business, tech, the military, sports, and … just about every other aspect of culture.
Pieces of me, pieces of you. Practice exercises in self-portraiture. Plus someone else’s ear.
Nymphodora Tonks, in palette 24 for the <a href=”http://zephrene.tumblr.com/post/90626702046/fallenzephyrart-if-18-or-20-palettes-wasnt”>100 palette challenge</a>.
If 18 or 20 palettes wasn’t enough, I present to you: my 100 Palette Challenge! This is a collection of some of my favourite palettes from color-palettes and Adobe Kuler and I thought it would be really fun to have a huge variety of palettes to chose from